Deuteronomy 22

Deuteronomy 22 has Moses addressing a few more areas of how people are to live.  The first has to do with finding the property of another.  Scripture tells them “You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them….it shall stay with you until your brother seeks it”.  How often do we see things that we have to make a decision around – do we get involved or just ignore the situation.  God makes it clear here that we are to take action on behalf of others.  We can’t just close our eyes and move on.

Are we to be our brother’s keeper?  I think scripture certainly points toward that.  God doesn’t want us living in our own little bubble where we are oblivious to what is happening around us.  When we see something that requires action, we should act.  It may be messy, it may take time, it may cost us money, but God wants us looking out for one another. It is what being part of a community is all about.  And as Christians, we are part of God’s family – the community of those who are walking with Him and we need to act like it.

Moses goes on to address a number of sexual sins in the rest of the chapter.  For some – the penalty is to be stoning people to death. Does God take sexual sin seriously?  Yes He does.  I’m not suggesting we kill people who are guilty of these sins today, but we certainly should not ignore them and absolutely not condone them.  The church has become pretty willing to turn their heads and ignore things that happen even within the church.  People have to realize that God is serious about sin.

For most sexual sins, God holds both parties responsible.  In the event of rape, the man is responsible for his actions and God holds him as such.  Part of the punishment is that “he may not divorce her all his days”.  Men were held accountable for their actions.  The world today doesn’t hold people accountable for their actions in the way scripture teaches.  We allow people to act out irresponsibly and not always pay for those actions.  We need to get back to the way God designed things.  People need to be held accountable for their decisions.  We will be when we stand before Him.

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